The Interface of Orality and Writing

Hearing, Seeing, Writing in New Genres

edited by Annette Weissenrieder and Robert B. Coote

coming in Sept 2010 from Mohr Siebeck

The essays in this collection address the competing and complementary roles of visual media, forms of memory, oral performance, and literacy and popular culture in the ancient Mediterranean world. Incorporating both customary and innovative perspectives, the essays advance the frontiers of our understanding of the nature of ancient texts as regards audibility and performance, the vital importance of the visual in the comprehension of texts, and basic concepts of communication, particularly the need to account for disjunctive and non-reciprocal social relations in communication.